I'm Erka Koivunen, a Finnish cybersecurity expert. I know why governments want more access to your online data. And I know that not everything they want can be considered as balanced or proportional. AMA!
A BIG thank you to you all for posting questions and comments! I have to run now but I promise to follow up with some of the most interesting ones later. Take care!
Before joining F-Secure, I worked for almost ten years for Finnish government. Three things I learned:
- Governments want that their citizens and businesses can participate the digital society in a secure fashion and in ways that respect privacy.
- The same governments want to introduce backdoors to encryption and bulk access to the data.
- Governments fail to see the irony.
I'm a Cyber Security Advisor at F-Secure. Before that I was the head of CERT-FI and Deputy Director of National Cyber Security Centre Finland. I have experienced first hand both the crazy threats and crazier pressures governments face that encourage them to ridiculous demands for ridiculous new laws.
Last month, I testified before the British Parliament on the Investigatory Powers Bill (#IPBill). I made a case that what the UK government is proposing is too much, too wide and too costly. I urged the government to rethink and scale down the powers they're demanding: http://safeandsavvy.f-secure.com/2015/12/22/britain-needs-a-fresh-start-for-privacy/
It's Data Protection Day (or Data Privacy Day in the U.S.) and I'm here to answer any questions you have about encryption, cybersecurity and data protection.